Day 4 of the "Midwest Moto Tour". What an exciting day that felt like a video game. Get up and get out as fast as we can escaping loud camp visitors. Ride fast to the nearest mall to get some warm layers. Discover my bike has got a flat and looked like sabotage! A quick fix later, we were back on the road, looking for trails. The one that we chose was sandy and spelled disaster for my overloaded bike and I nearly wiped out multiple times. I decided to continue on paved roads while the professor decided to continue on the sand- till she got lost and met me at the waypoint by riding the same paved roads!
We stayed off the highway and beautiful forest roads took us north- around Black lake, on sketchy gravelly Black Mountain road and onto the big, scary Makinac bridge that we had been warned about today at camp. (Someone that this lady knew was in a car that was blown off the bridge by crosswinds plunging her into the lake to her death!). The pretty forest roads continued all the way to Sault Ste Marie, on the Canadian border. We found a camp overlooking St Mary's river/Lake Nicolet, with Canada across it. Our neighbors were an delightful old couple traveling in their giant RV with the most friendliest golden retriever named Lacey who gave us the warmest welcome! A satisfying dinner later, we spent the rest of the night sitting with our neighbors sipping wine, looking at the river and the moon- all of which was enticing enough for the professor to skip her work.
Today was literally the opposite of yesterday in every possible way- great roads, sights and people- 214 miles of pure bliss! Tomorrow, we go to Canada!